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Are The 2014 Winter Olympics In Sochi Going To Be A Huge Failure?

Submitted by on February 5, 2014 – 11:27 amNo Comment

Normally, I don’t watch things like skiing, speed skating, snowboarding, bobsledding, or, hell, even hockey on TV. The athletes who take part in those sports are every bit as athletic as the athletes in the sports that I do watch on TV on a regular basis (basketball, football, baseball, etc.). But those sports simply don’t appeal to me like the others do. Except when it’s time for the Winter Olympics.

When the Winter Olympics start, all bets are off. I will watch anything and everything involved with the Olympics, even if it means sitting through a couple hours of curling. I’m a big fan of the Winter Olympics and look forward to them every four years. This year feels different, though. And unfortunately, it feels like the Winter Olympics are going to be a letdown.

So what’s changed? Well, for starters, social media has made the Olympic experience totally different than it was back in 2010 when the Winter Olympics took place. This week, we’ve seen athletes, reporters, and fans tweeting at length about the poor conditions in Sochi, Russia where the Olympics are taking place this year. Hotel rooms for athletes and the media are unfinished. Construction crews are everywhere completing tasks that should have been done months ago. And it looks like Sochi is unprepared for the Olympics to start later this week. And sadly, it appears as though that is going to overshadow the actual Olympic Games this month.

That’s not the only letdown, either. American snowboarder Shaun White just revealed that he’s not going to take part in the inaugural slopestyle event in the Olympics because of a wrist injury and poor conditions on the slopestyle course. American bobsledder Lolo Jones has been criticized over the course of the last few weeks for making the team despite not being the best bobbledder for the job (there are even conspiracy theorists who believe NBC forced the American bobsledding team to include Jones because it will improve ratings). And…I don’t know. There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of positive energy surrounding the Olympics this time around. It’s almost like we’re all waiting for it to turn into a complete disaster.

Who knows? Maybe the Olympics will be every bit as good as they always are when they start on Friday. Maybe I’m just overreacting. Maybe I’ll forget everything I wrote in the paragraphs above once I see a bunch of skiing and snowboarding and bobsledding. Or maybe the Olympics will be a gigantic failure this year and I’ll have to wait another four years to enjoy them. I hope not. But I don’t feel real good about what Russia has in store for us right now.

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